The fundamentals of the pig industry
That’s right, the bare necessities.
Not to be confused with that catchy tune from The Jungle Book.
In life, the simple things tend to be easier and more effective than complex things, and observation and logic (empirical science) usually wins out over hard science. For humans and animals alike, water is an essential nutrient.
So it makes sense to talk about oxygen, water and solid feed, i.e., air, drink and food. In Spanish, these elements correspond to aire, bebida and comida, or the ABCs. This concept was developed in 1897 on the basis of remarks by V. Pareto and we now understand it to mean the cornerstone, essence or foundation of something.
“In livestock farming, both air (A) and food (C) are more developed, researched and continuously evolving. Whereas,water (B) remains forgotten, neglected and scarcely studied”.
And so, the time has come to talk about WATER, in capitals, to put it in its rightful place as the second fundamental pillar of livestock farming, and to stop treating it as a secondary element.
If we take it for what it is and we treat it properly, any farm (no matter the type or the species farmed), will see a much greater economic return than we imagined, especially with the current regulations on the withdrawal of antibiotics and zinc oxide, alongside any other future developments.
We must delay no longer in addressing this matter professionally and understanding that merely applying a biocide to water is not enough. It is essential to:
Apply the right biocide
Store it and distribute it properly
And I’ll end as I began.
Every technician, farm manager or person involved in the sector who acts on logic should think carefully about these essentials—the ABCs, as it were—and give WATER the importance it deserves.
The industry would welcome it.